“You must be great at meditation!” I hear this all the time.
Just because I am a relaxed and relatively peaceful person does NOT mean I am great at meditation. In fact, I give myself a D-. As my dear departed Grandma used to say, I’ve got ants in my pants. I have so much to do, and taking time out to do…well, nothing…is painful. I find myself vacillating between boredom, irritation, and rage when I’m forced into relaxation.
I do, however, spend much of my day in a state of meditation. I’m a hypnotherapist. I can literally feel my brainwaves shifting into a completely different pattern as I hypnotize my clients. When I’m in this state, I’m present and mindful…but not about myself. It’s as if I forge a connection directly into the brains of my clients. We are truly on the same wavelength.
Maybe that’s why I’m such a calm person? My brain is primed for being this way. I get so much practice being in this half-awake, half-asleep state that it’s where I’ve started to naturally reside.
But sitting there, cross-legged, chanting and breathing? Hell no. I just can’t.
Lots of my clients feel the same way. They love that I’m with them on this, and not forcing them into doing something that is acutely uncomfortable for them.
Lately I’ve started to think about this. Is meditation truly what we think it is? As long as we get into a place of being present and relaxed, does it really matter HOW we get there? Some people get into this place when they run. Others read. Some people need to feel a physical connection to their body, others want to be totally in their heads. Some people need a repetitive mental activity to get there, and others want to drift off and not think at all.
Today I was watching my cats, and thinking that they are ultimate meditators. They are ALWAYS present, always in the moment, aren’t they? I wish we humans could be half as content, or that we at least had the ability to unplug and reach that level of disengagement with the world around us.
In the spirit of challenging myself, I have brought on a meditation expert to come to my space on Wednesday, May 29th at 7pm. She gets it. She knows that we are all different, and that unlike what we have been taught to believe, meditation is not a one-size-fits-all. This will be an experiential evening of learning new ways to meditate, and then getting the change to test it out and see how it feels. Come on over and finally learn what style works with YOUR brain.